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August 9, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Kings goalie and Stanley Cup MVP Jonathan Quick had a "minor surgical procedure" on Thursday, repairing a disc fragment and an inflammatory cyst, according to the team. Quick, who helped lead the Kings to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history this past season, will start his back rehabilitation activities in about a week, and the team said that a full recovery should take a minimum of six weeks. That time frame puts it at late September, which would seemingly coincide with the start of training camp.
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April 25, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Whether you think of it as HP Pavilion, the Shark Tank, its current corporate name, SAP Center, or "the cage" as Kings Coach Darryl Sutter colorfully offered, one thing is evident: The cage has become just that for the Kings in the playoffs, living quarters getting a little tight and the team possessing a championship pedigree unable to get out of town with a win. San Jose has recorded five straight victories at home in the playoffs against the...
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March 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
For the Kings, it was almost like a carbon copy of their previous victory over the Florida Panthers this season. Close enough. This time, it was goalie Jonathan Quick with the 4-0 shutout against the Panthers, not Ben Scrivens, who pulled off that feat in a 3-0 Kings victory at Florida on Oct. 13. The win marked a career achievement for Quick -- his 172nd victory with the Kings, passing franchise legend Rogie Vachon. Vachon, in fact, was on hand at Staples Center on Saturday afternoon for the moment, a nice touch.
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April 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Gather 'round for a history lesson, of bright playoff campaigns gone bad . . . and gone south, fast. Sunday night's debacle at San Jose wasn't the first time the Kings have given up seven consecutive goals in a playoff game. It happened during, of all things, the Wayne Gretzky era when his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, beat the Kings, 7-0, in Game 1 of a second-round series in 1990. That team featured Gretzky, Luc Robitaille (now a team president), Rob Blake (now a Kings assistant general manager)
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April 7, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE -- Kings Coach Darryl Sutter started off his morning session with reporters here by saying he was thinking more about next week's events than Saturday's regular-season finale. Then he proved it. Sutter, cagily, found a way to issue a motivational (playoff) challenge for his No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick, who has received a ton of recent and well-deserved notice as a potential Vezina Trophy winner with 35 victories and a goals-against average of 1.93. It started with discussion about Quick's rare minor penalty, for interference late in the second period with the Kings leading 3-1, causing a massive momentum swing when the Sharks scored on the ensuing power play.
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January 4, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Some, but not all, of the signs pointed toward Kings goalie Jonathan Quick making his first start since injuring his groin on Nov. 12 against the Buffalo Sabres. Tangible: Quick left the ice at Saturday's morning skate at about the same time as rookie goalie Martin Jones. And Quick appeared to come through the brief session unscathed. If Quick is activated for Saturday night's game against Vancouver at Staples Center, then it appears Jones would go back to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League.
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June 28, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
The Kings had never done a 10-year deal. Not with defenseman Drew Doughty, not with center Anze Kopitar and not even going back to the days of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. That barrier was broken Thursday with the team's 10-year contract extension with Conn Smythe-winning goalie Jonathan Quick. Those familiar with the deal but not authorized to comment on the details said it was worth $58 million, noting it tapered off in the final three years, making it salary-cap friendly. The extension kicks in after next season when Quick is to make $1.7 million, a bargain for a playoff most valuable player.
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October 19, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Bad things happen to us all. It's how you respond to the calamity that defines you. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has found himself staring into the abyss of despair in this early NHL season. And each time, the goalie who led his team to the 2012 Stanley Cup and a trip to last season's Western Conference finals answered with what Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford calls a "five-star performance. " On Oct. 7, a game after being pulled in the third period of a 5-3 loss at Winnipeg for allowing a third-period wraparound goal to Jets right wing Devin Setoguchi, Quick was doing his best to keep the Kings in a game they were otherwise getting beaten down in against the New York Rangers.
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June 12, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter and goalie Jonathan Quick had plenty of interesting things to say during their news conference following L.A.'s 6-1 Stanley Cup-clinching victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night. Such as ... wait a minute, did that photographer just get whacked in the head with a Kings flag? That's hilarious! OK, sorry, what was I talking about again? Oh yeah, the news conference featuring the most valuable player of the postseason ... wait, who is that little chatterbox running, skipping and jumping all over the place?
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May 24, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
San Jose Sharks Coach Todd McLellan sounded less than gracious Thursday when asked about the performance of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick in the Sharks' 3-0 loss at Staples Center. Quick stopped 24 shots as the Kings took a 3-2 edge in the teams' Western Conference semifinal. He leads all playoff goaltenders with a 1.50 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and three shutouts. But McLellan didn't seem impressed by Quick's work. “I didn't think we tested him a lot tonight," McLellan said.
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April 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE -- Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart played in 63 games for the Kings in 2007-08, a rough campaign in which the Kings won 32 games, the final season of Marc Crawford's tenure as coach. But it wasn't altogether forgettable. Staurt remembered goalie Jonathan Quick's NHL debut, a win against Buffalo in December. He also had a first-hand view of an emerging Anze Kopitar, who was then in his second NHL season with the Kings. “He was a really skilled player when I was there,” Stuart said after the Sharks' morning skate on Sunday, hours before Game 2. “But I knew from his character that he was going to take the next step.
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April 18, 2014 | HELENE ELLIOTT
A power outage darkened the SAP Center on Thursday night shortly before the Kings and San Jose Sharks were scheduled to warm up for their playoff opener, leaving the crowd murmuring in confusion and forcing antsy players to wait in corridors illuminated by dim backup lights while they wondered what to do next. About six minutes later the lights came back on and the teams took to the ice. For the Kings, everything went downhill from there. Their 6-3 loss to the Sharks was by far their worst this season.
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April 17, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE - This was like a nasty flashback, one bad journey into the darkness for Kings fans. The loyal old-timers have scar tissue around the old wound - long ago playoff blowouts, losses to the likes of the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames in the late '80s and early '90s. Undoubtedly, the latest cut will take time to heal. The Kings were thoroughly outplayed in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals as the San Jose Sharks defeated them, 6-3, at the SAP Center on Thursday night.
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April 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Maybe it took going to Sochi for the Winter Olympics and getting out of the grinding day-to-day NHL routine to get a slightly different look at the abilities of goalie Jonathan Quick. After all, Kings captain Dustin Brown has been there through the evolution of Quick's career, starting when Quick was one of seven goalies to play for the Kings in the rough 2007-08 season and hitting the top rung when the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 with Quick as the playoff most valuable player.
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April 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Change or end up in a culvert: NHL style. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was talking recently about the challenges of his profession, the changing nature of hockey, and put as fine a point on it as possible. He has coached 1,039 regular-season games, been in the playoffs 13 times and won the Stanley Cup two years ago with the Kings. From the start - coaching in Chicago to San Jose to Calgary and finally, Los Angeles - Sutter has evolved with the times and the players. "Anybody that has had success over a long time, it's not just the game that's changed," Sutter said.
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April 14, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
One season under the NHL's realigned conference setup probably was enough for Eastern teams to veto future additions from the West. The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets, who moved from the West to the East before this season, won their new conference's two wild-card playoff berths. The Red Wings will make their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance, and the Blue Jackets will make their second appearance in franchise history. First place in the East - and overall - went to the Boston Bruins, with the Ducks winning the No. 1 spot in the West.
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December 12, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
TORONTO, Canada - The groin injury suffered by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has not ruined his chances of being chosen for the U.S. men's Olympic team for the Sochi Games, Team USA General Manager David Poile said Thursday. Poile and other USA Hockey executives reaffirmed during a conference call that the U.S. men's and women's teams will be announced on Jan. 1 during the national telecast of the Winter Classic game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. The women's team will be announced during the second intermission and the men's team will be announced after the game.
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April 13, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The Colorado Avalanche rose from the dregs of a 29th-place finish last season to win the Central Division title, and the St. Louis Blues collapsed late in the regular season and lost their chance to finish atop the Central, Western Conference and the NHL overall. The Boston Bruins' reward for having the league's best record is a first-round matchup with the ever-dangerous Detroit Red Wings, who overcame a flood of injuries to earn the second wild-card spot in the East. The series, which starts Friday, will be the first playoff meeting between these two Original Six teams since 1957, when Gordie Howe was throwing elbows and ruling the corners.
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April 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
There is one small downside to winning the William M. Jennings Trophy, according to Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. The Jennings award goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. " It had never been won by a Kings' goalie and Quick won it outright when the Boston Bruins allowed three goals Sunday in their final game of the season, bringing their total to 177. Los Angeles allowed 174 goals this season. "The goalie is nominated to make the speech at the awards there, but the team gave up the least amount of goals in the league," Quick said on Saturday night.
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